3 best text expanders for Chrome to automate boring things

Whether you’re filling in your home / office address or today’s date, your favorite phrases, or bits of other data that you have to type over and over again, a text expander can really help. What is a text expander? Think of it as shortcuts for your keyboard.

Let’s say you want to enter your home address, just type ‘home address’ and voila, the text expander will automatically type your full address in that field. Or now you can create custom keyboard shortcuts for email IDs or other text snippets. Sound productive? This will work on all or any site you visit, unless specifically blocked.

While we recommend using a dedicated text expansion app for Windows and macOS, which works globally. However, if your work juggles multiple computers (Windows, macOS, Linux) and you’re looking for a universal text expander, it makes sense to go for a Chrome extension.

Text expanders for Chrome

1. Automatic text expander

Auto Text Expander is the first on the list. The extension will come with some sample templates that you can edit to your liking. This will also help you understand what you can do with this nifty little extension. Just click the Add button to start creating your own templates.

As you can see, using smart, easy-to-remember shortcuts can save you a lot of time and make life a lot easier. The maximum shortcuts are capped at 510 but frankly that’s a lot. I don’t remember more than 30!

Auto Text Expander also recognizes markup and markup, so you can use to insert text in bold, italic, etc. The developer will allow you to download a copy of their keyboard shortcuts in JSON format and claims that no data comes out of your browser. Everything is stored locally. You can take a backup, but it will be deleted the moment you log out of your Chrome account. I suggest you keep the shortcuts somewhere safer. There is also support for text to HTML and macros.

Install the automatic text expander

2. Text Blaze

Text Blaze will require you to create an account (or sign in with Google) before you can use their amazing text expansion service. This eliminates the need for manual backups. Text Blaze needs you to enter / (slash) before each keyboard shortcut for it to work. It makes sense, therefore, when you type BRB, it stays that way, but when you type / BRB, it expands to something like ‘I’ll be right back’. Or when you type / sig, you will enter your full signature. Text Blaze works really fast, to be honest, and makes a satisfying noise when a shortcut expands to the entered text.

Wait, there’s more. Text Blaze can also fill out forms like Chrome can, so it can fill out multiple fields at once that Chrome has no options for. You can right-click within a field to choose from several options to enter. Useful, in case you have more than one home / office address or when you can’t remember the correct shortcuts. We are a forgetful race. This is where all its fragments are saved. There is a preview option to see what it looks like. Check the screenshot below.

The free version offers you up to 3 groups with 10 fragments in each = 30 fragments. The pro plan will cost you $ 2.99 / month and offers you up to 20 groups with 100 shards in each group. Oh I forgot to mention that you can also use dynamic commands. Like entering a particular customer’s name everywhere in email or managing time shifts!

Download Text Blaze

Read also: Top 5 text expansion apps for Android (free and paid)

3. ProKeys

Text expanders are great, but why limit their functionality to keyboard shortcuts? First, we saw how text expanders can be used to type faster as keyboard shortcuts for frequently used texts. We then saw how it can be used with macros and HTML to increase efficiency and do even more within the browser. ProKeys will take things to the next level. Think about math no matter what page you are on or what app you are using in the Chrome browser.

The basic premise remains the same. Install the extension and customize it to create all your keyboard shortcuts for email IDs, frequently used phrases, signatures, etc. You can also use it to enter special characters. So when you walk in (, ProKeys will enter the other end bracket automatically and place the cursor right in the middle. Try it, it’s fun. Other options include support for date / time macros and omnibox (address bar where you enter the website URL) and clipboard macros. To perform mathematical calculations, enter the digits inside [[]]double brackets.

Download ProKeys +

Text expander for Windows

1. PhraseExpress

PhraseExpress is a text expander that was built from the ground up for Windows users. This means that it will work not only in browsers, but also in other applications and places. As we saw earlier, there are macros to enter the date and time dynamically, and if you are working in an enterprise or enterprise version of Windows, you can share shortcuts and code snippets with your peers.

There is a clipboard manager so you can save all copied snippets of text such as phrases and links. PhraseExpress works system-wide, so you can change a text everywhere with the click of a button. Business users will be happy to know that it comes with end-to-end encryption for added security.

PhraseExpress is also available for mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android. This makes PhraseExpress a really powerful text expansion tool for Windows. There is a free version available for regular users. Pricing starts at $ 49.

Download PhraseExpress

If you are looking for more text expansion apps for Windows OS, check out the link below where we’ve reviewed some of the best apps for beginners and professionals alike.

Read also: The 9 best text expansion apps for Windows (free and paid)

Text expander for macOS

1. Alfred

Alfred is one of the most popular applications for the Mac platform and for good reason. While Alfred is capable of much more than just being a text expander, let’s focus on the matter at hand. It comes with a smart clipboard manager that will learn from user behavior, adopt and display results accordingly. You can create keyboard shortcuts to replace text throughout the system.

The clipboard manager that stores all the keyboard shortcuts and copied text will also remember other types of files like images, videos, etc. This really makes Alfred one of the best macOS apps considering you can also spell, do math, create advanced workflows, control music in iTunes, etc. Alfred will cost you just £ 19 and is worth every penny.

Download Alfred

If you are looking for more text expansion apps for MacOS, check out the link below where we have shared and reviewed some of the best text expansion apps for beginners and professionals alike. There are free and paid options.

Read also: Best Text Expansion Apps for MacOS

Conclusion: Text expander for Chrome Chrome, Windows and MacOS

It saddens me to see that there is no single text expansion application for the Firefox browser. I use both Firefox and Chrome, like many others, so it bothers me. On the other hand, there are a number of options available for other platforms such as Chrome, MacOS, and the old Windows. I would suggest Alfred for Mac users because it will replace a couple of apps on its own, PhraseExpress for Windows users because it has a freemium model, and ProKeys for Chrome users because it is free and really powerful. Feel free to try others and choose one based on your personal preferences and your user case.

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